Well, the PA budget is now past the deadline – and we’re all paying for it

July 1 – The Pennsylvania State budget is due on June 30 each year. 

That date is now behind us and we have no words on what’s happening with the 2024-25 budget. 

The longer this goes, the worse it is for organizations that rely on state funding. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The House and the Senate are in session today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Late yesterday, the Senate added Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the end of this week to their schedule. That must be a signal that they feel there’s going to be work to do later this week. But I think you’re going to see a lot of action over the next two to three days on the Pennsylvania budget.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM asked, “Who’s paying for this mess here now? You didn’t do it on time. We’ve got a holiday week ahead here. What about the overtime and the assets involved with this? Lighting the building up, all the people are going to have to be on site for this. When you have a job and this is Josh Shapiro. Nobody else here. Josh, you run the state. This is your watch. So where on earth are the money hawks going this is ridiculous? You should have had it on time. You’ve had all this time and this incompetent House speaker. Talk about what seems to be another DEI hire here. How is it that you take a bunch of days off around, okay, Juneteenth, recognize the holiday. We’ve got work to do here, and now you’ve bounced it into July on a holiday week here. It’s irresponsible. It’s financially and fiscally, how much is this going to cost us? Nobody’s watching this stuff.”

Barkdoll agreed, “It’s completely irresponsible. I mean, these prolonged recesses in the middle of the budget season, there have been recesses now over the weekends. Now they’re scrambling to post deadlines on another holiday week, and all of those expenses we are having to absorb. I mean, yes, there’s likely going to be overtime expenses, all of the costs associated with keeping that operation up and running this week, and there was no reporting over the weekend about any progress being made on this budget. Presumably, leadership and people from the governor’s office are meeting, but you’re not seeing any reporting about progress that’s being made. So the fact they’re all now back together today and for much of this week, let’s hope this thing gets done this week, because if this starts spilling into another week, I’m afraid this will turn into Tom Wolf 2.0? That year we went months and months without a budget.” 

Ryan insisted, “Right on Josh Shapiro’s watch here.”